Simply Sophisticated Summer

Banana Republic off-the-shoulder topWilla Hat / Strappy Sandals / Denim

You guys, the weeks are just FLYING!!! Rylee’s last day of Pre-K is tomorrow and then it is officially summer break and in about 8 weeks, give or take, we will have a tiny little newborn in our arms!!? It still seems a little unreal!  I know I’ve talked about it before, but this pregnancy has definitely done a number on me!  SO much different, and in so many ways harder, than my other two pregnancies.  Likely a combination of my age, it being my 3rd child, and still working just as hard as always….I’ve felt very little motivation to look cute and put together every day, which is usually something I really enjoy.  I just feel so exhausted and my body image is not exactly at it’s peek (quite the understatement).  The scale keeps ticking up and I officially weigh more than I ever have in my entire life….which feels weird and uncomfortable. BUT, I am trying hard to put the shallow thoughts about my body behind me and be thankful for this healthy baby girl that is growing in my belly, because it really is such a miracle.  All that to say, I have done some serious closet cleaning and have gotten rid of a ton of clothes that I just didn’t ever wear.  The older I get, the more I appreciate simplicity and the idea of “less is more”.  I suppose my husband (the ultimate minimalist) is rubbing off on me, finally,  after 8 years of marriage :)  Of course, I saved a lot of my favorite pieces that I can’t currently fit in with the hopes that I can wear them again….but I did get rid of anything I hadn’t worn in over a year.  Which was shockingly a lot of stuff!  My go-to’s the last few months have been flowy dresses, off-the-shoulder tops, and a solid rotation of my favorite maternity denim.  There is something about a crisp white blouse and worn denim that is so timeless and it’s a look I will always love.  And then pair it with a natural woven hat and some strappy sandals and you have a very simple but sophisticated summer look.  This entire look (minus the denim) is from Banana Republic, which is such a great place to find simple well-made blouses and other summer staples.  I’ve always loved them for their classic tees and I’ve been eyeing this little white dress for a while now….I’m thinking I should snag it and hang it on the wall as my inspiration to get back into shape after this baby is born! haha.  I have a feeling I’m going to need all the inspiration I can get.

*in collaboration with Banana Republic


MINNETONKA MOCCS

Minnetonka Moccasins / Sanctuary Blouse / Humble Hilo Alfombra Bag / Nomah Project Hat

The weeks are just flying by and I’ve already found myself at 27 weeks!  Third trimester is just around the corner and I’m pretty dang happy about that! haha.  This babe has for sure been the hardest on my body and I’m already looking forward to getting my ankles back and ditching all the aches and pains I’ve been having.  Because of my auto immune condition, they pay a little more attention to me during pregnancy and I have to go back to a neonatal specialist at 30 weeks to check on her growth.  At 20 weeks, she looked healthy and measured a few days big actually, so I have a lot of confidence all is well in there! :) Anyway, I’ve found myself extra emotional this past week, fully coming to grips that we will have THREE children in just a few months.  I think the reality of that is finally hitting me, and I am trying to soak up the one on one time with my kids, especially Cru…. being my “baby” for just 13 more weeks.  Feeling all the feels!  Anyway, enough pregnancy talk….we snapped these images the other day at one of our favorite walking trails.  Minnetonka moccasins have been around our family for generations, so it’s safe to say I have a bit of an emotional connection to them.  My grandma is from Wisconsin and growing up I remember her wearing them…my mom wore them, and now I wear them too!  I love the classic slip on moccasin because they are so comfortable and easy to wear.  Especially right now when the last thing I want to do is wear shoes that I have to buckle or tie!  I can just slip these on and run out the door.  Rylee is wearing the matching kids version (called the Kilty).  She is still obsessed with matching with me so I am still fully enjoying that while it lasts! I’m sure someday soon that will be very not cool for her, so c’est la vie!  I am running a giveaway today through Mother’s Day weekend (Monday) on my instagram for $100 credit to minnetonkamoccasin.com so that you and your mini can get some new shoes too!!  So head to my page (@kelli_murray) to enter!  I also have to make mention of this insane Humble Hilo carry-all bag that I am totally in love with! It makes for an awesome diaper bag or vacation bag! Ok friends, enjoy your weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas :)


DRA + LOCAL & LEJOS GIVEAWAY

One of my favorite brands – dRA – recently came out with their new Spring Collection and it’s so good!  I’m wearing one of my favorites, the Paramount dress.  It’s made in the softest woven cotton with black embroidery details.  We are planning a family trip to either Mexico or Palm Springs (we haven’t decided yet, recommendations welcome!) in April and this is the perfect piece to pack for a sunny getaway.  A few of my other favorites are the  Salma Top and Heather Skirt, Hyde Dress, & Montecito Dress.

Today I am running a giveaway with dRA and another local brand, Local & Lejos, who sell beautiful handmade goods from Artisans around the world.  I love their rugs and baskets!  We are offering up $75 credit to draclothing.com and $75 credit for localandlejos.com!  To enter, head to my instagram!


A BABY GIRL

Verdict is out.  We are having a baby girl!  I didn’t want to “want” something either way, but deep in my heart I was pulling for a girl.  Maybe mostly for Rylee, since she has been asking for a baby sister for who knows how long!  But also just because it’s always what I pictured having as my last baby.  We were on the fence about 3 for so long.  Should we….shouldn’t we!?  I have always wanted three kids.  Sam was just fine with two ;)  But knowing our crazy work schedules and the challenges that come with that just having our two kids….we were really wrestling with the idea of adding another one.  And before we had the chance to decide, I found out I was pregnant and basically the decision was made for us….which I actually consider a huge blessing!  This baby girl was meant to be and we are all pretty excited about her!  I know our lives will change but with each baby our lives have changed for the better and I know this one will be no exception.  Yes, we are extending our years of sleepless nights and diaper changing….but I am so excited to enjoy this baby phase one last time.

Today is the first day of Spring and I can certainly feel it.  I’ve been longing for the sun to come back (it’s been such a gloomy, rainy winter) and it seems like it’s here to stay.  My belly (and everything else for that matter) is growing MUCH quicker this time around, and I have a feeling I will be living in flowy dresses all Spring/Summer.  I am loving this one by Christy Dawn as a transitional piece into Spring.  All of Christy’s dresses are made by local artisans in Downtown LA using deadstock fabric.  So each dress is made in limited quantity and with longevity in mind.  I have a feeling this one will get some good use this Spring, or at least as long as my belly will fit into it!  The fabric and fit is a dream.

Photos by Jackie Wonders

 


BHLDN
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Wedding season is just around the corner and I wanted to share with you guys some images from my recent collaboration with BHLDN! I’ve long admired the brand since it’s launch in 2011. If only it was around 2 years prior for my own wedding day in 2009…..planning would have been a whole lot easier! BHLDN offers some of the most beautiful wedding gown options for the bride-to-be, perfectly coordinated dresses for all the bridemaids and mother-of-the-bride, and now a new collection of the sweetest flower girl dresses! Rylee gets to be a flower girl for the very first time this summer in the wedding of a close friend and she is SO excited about it! The dresses she is wearing in these photos couldn’t be more perfect. All of the detailed flower appliques on this Finley Dress make it my favorite of the flower girl collection! Isn’t it beautiful!? It blows my mind how quickly this girl is growing up! Just looking through these photos gets me all emotional! As for me, I am wearing the Cleo Top and Hampton Skirt in the first look. One thing I LOVE about BHLDN is their color choices. They are always so soft and dreamy. I loved the combination of the mink grey top and pecan colored maxi skirt. This is something I’d not only love as a bridesmaid, but also something I could wear separately (or again together) on different occasions. In our second look Rylee is wearing the Casey Dress which is a light cotton eyelet dress perfect for a more casual, possibly beach wedding. And I am wearing the Quince Dress in ‘morning mist’ that has a bit of a 70’s vibe with it’s billowing sleeves and bohemian inspiration. My tiny 18 week baby bump is finally starting to make an appearance so I left off the sash that is meant to tie around the waist so I could show off the bump. I know it’s nothing too impressive yet….but just give me a few weeks. Number 3 is growing awfully fast and apparently my body knows just what to do ;)

Photos by Jackie Wonders